Sarah and Chris are ecologists and homesteading farmers, living and working in the beautiful Appalachians of Eastern Kentucky. Before starting the farm, we were research scientists and obsessed travelers. Most recently, Chris studied reforestation and mycorrhizal fungus in Ecuador and Sarah studied hummingbirds and insects on coffee farms in Mexico. We are inspired by the incredibly diverse farms we have visited in our travels and our goals to live simply and harmoniously with the earth. As farmers, we apply our experience as ecologists by managing our farm in a way that utilizes the natural cycles of the earth rather than fighting against them. And we’re learning new lessons in ecology everyday as active stewards of the land.
How did we come to our focus on herbs? Sarah has been making her own household and body products for her entire adult life, in an effort to cut out toxic ingredients and wasteful packaging. Over the years, this has melded with my love for plants, as I began studying their many uses and experimenting with making my own remedies. I soon fell in love with the whole process of herbalism – as it fused my loves of gardening, foraging and creating. As we started dreaming up our farm, I realized there was a huge gap between the demand for herbal products and the supply of high-quality local herbs- and Among the Oaks Herb Farm was born. We grow the plants we use in our own medicine-making and are honored to share them with you, too.
Our farm is located just an hour from where we grew up, in Beattyville, Kentucky. We grow herbs on about an acre, tend a mini-orchard and flock of ducks + chickens, and steward a beautiful chunk of the Daniel Boone National Forest along the North Fork of the Kentucky River. We take stewardship quite seriously and make great efforts to live in reciprocity with this land. We do this work because we believe it is the best use of our skills and resources to support a world that is more sustainable and more just. We believe everyone has gifts to share with the world, and this is the expression of ours.